Reviving a legend is no easy task but Honda it seems is eager to adorn its range with a new dedicated sportscar as the NSX nears its end.
Honda has confirmed the Integra will make a global debut next year following extensive rumours around its return.
The revival was confirmed by Honda’s premium US-based Acura brand with an accompanying teaser video showing off the coupe’s headlight design.
While little is known about the Integra at this stage, the video did feature a characterful engine sound to seemingly confirm, that at the very least, it will use a combustion engine.
Several spy images have also shown what is likely the Integra in heavily camouflage with its coupe body style retained for the new generation.
Jon Ikeda vice president and Acura brand officer has promised that the Integra will at least be a familiar experience to buyers but gave no further details.
“I’m thrilled to say Integra is returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to precision-crafted performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience,” Mr Ikeda said.
The news comes as the brand farewells its flagship model with the NSX Type S, leaving the new Integra to slip into its position at the top of the ladder.
It’s unclear if the fifth-generation Integra would continue the front-driven pedigree but should an arrangement could see it share a drivetrain with the 11th general Civic Type R that is also planned for a 2022 debut, assuming that it too sticks with the current formula.
The current 10th generation Honda Civic Type R has drawn praise for its 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque and an upgraded version is expected to make its way into the new model.
Automotive design student Jordan Rubinstein-Towler has recently released several images showcasing an impressive modern interpretation of the Integra that appears to draw inspiration from the recent spy images.
It remains to be seen if the Integra will make it to Australia but with teaser images being released a full reveal and an official verdict on its local delivery likely won’t be far away.
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